Former prep star expected to join Warriors

Taz Stevenson, who spent the past four seasons at Washington, is expected to join the Rainbow Warriors as a walk-on this summer. He will be eligible to transfer without restrictions after   earning his bachelor’s degree next month.

4383281Stevenson was an all-state player at Mililani High, where he played running back, receiver, defensive back and returner.

He played in 35 of Washington’s 39 games between 2010 and 2012, mostly on special teams. He was listed as a safety.

He did not play this past season because of a shoulder injury. For the Huskies’ final home game, he was honored as a departing senior despite having a season of eligibility remaining.

Stevenson would be joining a growing list of transfers from four-year colleges:

Offense — WR Duke Bukoski (Idaho State), Taylor Graham (Ohio State), RB Jason Muraoka (Franklin), SB Quinton Pedroza (Utah), TE Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson (Washington State), OG Kory Rasmussen (Colorado), Brenden Urban (Adams State).

Defense — OLB Jeremy Castro (UCLA), DE Nick Childs (Avila), DB Keahi Hogan (Arizona), LB Austin Slade (Oregon State), DL Haani Tulimaiau (Montana).

Specialist — PK Ceejay Santos.

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We have a winner!

Congrats to Avis and Kalani on the birth of their daughter.


  1. RR4L April 9, 2014 5:40 am

    Welcome home Taz!!!

  2. whitey April 9, 2014 6:02 am

    good morning tsaikos and congratulations to one our favorites Avis and Kalani.

  3. whitey April 9, 2014 6:03 am

    Welcome home Taz and enjoy your time as a warrior.

  4. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:09 am

    The trouble with a routine is it becomes routine.
    And that’s how I woke up at 4:45 a.m. on a day the Rainbow Warriors don’t practice.

  5. Haleakala April 9, 2014 6:18 am

    Welcome home Taz! Go back to bed and take a nap Stephen.

  6. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:20 am

    I “napped” for a total of 10 hours on Sunday.

  7. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:22 am

    How come it sounds disingenuous when the Connecticut coach speaks of being humbled and honored?

  8. whitey April 9, 2014 6:23 am

    ST, no worry you on hawaiian daylight savings time. now you get mo daylight time to do things you put off. hahahahhaaa

  9. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:39 am

    I don’t want to do the things I put off.
    Actually, I was good about doing my taxes early this year.

  10. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 6:43 am

    Good morning all! ST you have crossed the fine line between robust napping and going into a coma, in other more sophisticated circles, known as “hawaiian levitation”.

  11. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:43 am

    Spring ball has been surreal. There hasn’t been much yelling. Well, except for Demo during the special-team tryouts. But that was only two five-minute periods. Other than that, it’s been pretty calm. Just a lot of teaching this spring.

  12. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:45 am

    This is the first spring in a while where the three QBs seem to have a great command of the offense.

  13. tom-warriornation April 9, 2014 6:45 am

    Welcome Taz; looking forward to you helping the team!

  14. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:47 am

    There also seems to be natural enthusiasm.
    Maybe we’re going to be heading back to the days when Rocky Savaiigaea is leading the chants during team drills.

  15. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 6:50 am

    Anyway, this is the first spring in a while where the offense is really ahead. And I think the offensive line is starting to jell. Then again, it is only the spring.

  16. whitey April 9, 2014 6:51 am

    wen was in ames, ia a long time ago, used to catch a disease known as spring fever at this time of the year. more sunshine charges your batteries and you get more active. sounds like st is getting more charged up for spring ball and sees something special.

  17. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 7:05 am

    No yelling at spring ball….wow, whats that like??! I remember one film session with Tomey, where he got especially upset with the effort or lack thereof, of a particular player (name withheld) and then boomed a supersonic….”eff this!!!!!!” was proclaimed by him and that was followed with the old school film projector getting tossed like an east german shot putter, like 25 feet….quite classic.

  18. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:06 am

    I like the morning practices, although it always seems to rain in the morning.
    The 4 p.m. practices were good because I would be a lonesome dove out there. The bad thing, though, was UH would end practice at 6, then stretch for what seemed like 30 minutes. By the time I finished my interviews, drove to the office and transcribed, I had editors getting nervous. Plus, the media relations people wanted to get home to their families, so there wasn’t much chatting time. The way it is now, we can talk to as many people as we wish. Then I go home, take a nap, transcribe my notes while the editors get nervous again. Circle of life.

  19. PONO April 9, 2014 7:06 am

    We could use some experience at the safety spot. Taz brings that experience from the Pac 12 level and he’s a free player as a walk on. What a deal for the Bows. Looking forward to supporting Taz.

  20. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:08 am

    There is some yelling. But last year, there was a certain assistant coach who would yell and yell and yell.
    So we had Screaming Man on one side and the student manager who doesn’t give any warning when he sounds the horn on the other, and it was like my days working at the pineapple cannery all over again. Clang! Clang! Clang!

  21. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:09 am

    I think Kawika Borden would have had an impact this spring, too. But he’s recovering from a sports-hernia procedure. Not sure what’s the difference between a sports-hernia injury and a regular injury. I do hope it involves a less-personal coughing test.

  22. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:12 am

    Another interesting thing is that they demand you drink water during a water break. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know that’s supposed to be obvious. But sometimes people want to rest during the short break instead of hydrating. But hydrating is part of the schedule.

  23. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 7:14 am

    20–Well, having done 3 summers doing the 11-7 shift at the cannery, the only fond memories I have of that place was the jello. Not too much jello in Halawa housing.

  24. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:14 am

    Probably the only hazard in spring ball is Robert Kekaula’s spraying.
    Not sure why, but he doesn’t spit dip like a cowboy. There’s a lot of collateral damage. Nice fella. Great guy. Not so accurate spitter. Especially on windy mornings.

  25. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:16 am

    I can’t eat canned pineapples. I’ve seen too much.
    I love hotdogs. That’s why I’ll never visit a hotdog factory.

  26. tommui April 9, 2014 7:16 am


    Thanks for the update- especially regarding the QBs.

  27. Inyoface April 9, 2014 7:16 am

    Any video on Spring ball?

  28. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:18 am

    My bad. I’ll shoot video tomorrow.
    Tomorrow is a good practice to attend. There might be an interesting wrinkle to the scrimmage-like drill.

  29. Ipu Man April 9, 2014 7:19 am

    At 6’1″, 215 pounds…he
    “2012: Played in every game of the season, mainly on special teams … had two tackles and also forced a fumble on the opening kickoff at No. 3 LSU … two tackles in win over Portland State … one tackle in the win over Stanford and another in the victory over Utah … posted two tackles in the win at Colorado … moved from safety to linebacker in spring of 2012 … served as a game captain for the LSU game. ”
    …according to Huskie page.

  30. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 7:20 am

    21-ST, sports hernia is very similar to a regular hernia, the distinction being it was brought on by an atheltic activity. I had one about 4-5 years ago, I was still doing a lot of jujitsu, and a lot of mat work, anyway, I was home and I tell Ms. Boola/Doctor Boola hey I think, I bruised my hip/pelvis bone, swelling has not gone down for like 3-4 weeks. She says, “open your shorts, let me look”, and I do so, she replies after like only 2 seconds ” you big dummy, you have a sports hernia!!” Next week, I was in and out, same day at the hospital …although peepee was an adventure for a week.

    Nothing like blunt love…..

  31. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:21 am

    UH fans must like the idea that Stevenson played against LSU.

  32. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:24 am

    I don’t have to worry about a hernia. I don’t even carry big words in my vocabulary.

  33. Stephen Tsai April 9, 2014 7:25 am

    Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson made a great catch in the end zone yesterday. But, like I’ve said before, nobody wants to talk about him because they don’t want to jinx his current good health.

  34. Bryson April 9, 2014 7:29 am

    Is Tax coming home as a 1 for 1 player? Or does he have more than 1 yr of eligibility due to a redshirt year?

  35. Bryson April 9, 2014 7:30 am


  36. islandman April 9, 2014 7:42 am

    Taz has only a (one) season left, per Stephen’s blog at the top, 4th paragraph.

  37. tommui April 9, 2014 7:57 am

    Conrats Avis and Kalani!

  38. jm2375 April 9, 2014 8:22 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to Avis & Kalani!
    Welcome home, Mr. Stevenson.

    GO WARRIORS! Beat Pepperdine!

  39. cocobean April 9, 2014 9:33 am

    Good news about Taz joining the team. We can use all the competition we can get on the back end. Just wondering if he qualifies for a medical redshirt year if he didn’t play last season.

  40. Slugger April 9, 2014 9:36 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Congratulations to Avis & Kalani on the new bebe!

  41. KapaaWarrior April 9, 2014 9:56 am

    No Yelling at practice. I like that! I always tell my coaches, if they are here to yell and scream at players than they need to leave my field! You teach it, they learn it!
    I do understand sometimes you need to get after players who are continuing to make mental mistakes and/or refuse to work hard. Teach the game first! Getting upset has to be something that is few and far between! We came from a different time, I remember when drinking water at practice was not allowed by my coaches and considered a sign of weakness! Now days, a coach will get fired for not hydrating their players! Coaches were always angry and yelling constantly! It’s a different game,time and age! A lot better for players! And I like that ! I want my players to look forward to coming to practice! ALOHA ! GO BOWS ! GO WARRIORS !

  42. ai-eee-soos April 9, 2014 10:01 am

    Pro Bowl anyone ? …

    The National Football League announced that the Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona

    in 2015, but will return to Hawaii in 2016 and 2017.

    see SA news.

  43. jalansky April 9, 2014 10:07 am

    Great exchange this morning–thanks ST for the color commentary. The only thing I remember about the cannery is the noise, and being bossed around by an old lady (who was probably around fifteen years younger than I am today).

  44. SteveM April 9, 2014 10:08 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congratulations to Avis and Kalani!

    Welcome Taz Stevenson!

  45. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 10:18 am

    43 and ST–the cannery is why I went to law school. I had two generations of my family work entire life in the plantations. My grandfather did a 52 year stint at Dole. All of it in the field. Grueling, even the cushy cannery was beyond the pale for me…..nightmares!

  46. jimmy the lock April 9, 2014 10:21 am

    Welcome back home Taz.

    Welcome to the baby daughter.

    It’s hump day, start your day off with a bang…

  47. gobows April 9, 2014 10:52 am

    I thought rasmussen was a defensive lineman…

  48. willieboy April 9, 2014 11:00 am

    ST- what’s the word on new linebacker coach Kurt Gouveia? positive/negative?

  49. gobows April 9, 2014 11:06 am


  50. gobows April 9, 2014 11:06 am

    5 oh

  51. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 11:16 am

    48…Good question–willieboy–how is Ola’ doing?

  52. Warrior Dave April 9, 2014 11:18 am

    Taz! Wow that’s a name from the past. Welcome home!

  53. Tiki808 April 9, 2014 11:20 am

    Did he major in Computer science at Washington? B.S. at UH is good also.

  54. 808WarriorFan April 9, 2014 11:53 am

    ST: What position do the coaches project “Taz” to compete at ???

  55. jalansky April 9, 2014 12:45 pm

    45–boola: memory from summer between jr and sr year in high school, Kunia Road, riding in the back of a pineapple truck, heading to the fields for another day of hoe hana. On the way back, an elderly Filipino gentleman riding with us suddenly removed his hat, revealing a long, flowing mane of hair. Great dignity in that man. “You guys lucky, you not goin end up like me rotting in the fields.” It was tough. I lasted six weeks, at $1.42 1/2 per hour. There is no romance in industrial agriculture, whether inside or outside. (But it was honest labor.)

  56. nutmegger April 9, 2014 12:47 pm

    Is it siesta time for ST?
    It would be for me If I got up at 4:45…

  57. Tiki808 April 9, 2014 12:59 pm

    Just kidding, I watch football sometimes. I wanted to ask if he belonged to any class. Or as they say in computers, composite classes, as in where’s the classes taught?

  58. A-House April 9, 2014 1:03 pm

    OK, I’ll be the stick in the mud—

    what is the value of having a 1 year only player join the team?

    yes, person is a walk-on and is a financial free-bee, but equates to “less time” for the position coach to spend time with other younger players.

    yes, the person may have experience, but needs to learn a new system.

    will this player be an asset or liability to the position coach?

  59. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 1:28 pm

    Double Nickles–(I love that handle) or Jalansky: One thing I was taught early one, was that working is a privilege. Now, when you toil under the sun, for years and decades at a time, with time and the wears of age creeping on you, well, I have to believe, the next generation owes it, in the very least, to pull everyone up a couple of notches…..

  60. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 1:30 pm

    58—Good question A House, but with many things, hope spring eternal. And to that end, I have two words: Russell Wilson.

  61. st. anthony trojan April 9, 2014 1:31 pm

    summer time 4 me was picking hayden mangoes up makawao way….first week was just mostly on top the tree….eating….after one week they all looked the same….n it became work….but was great summers….owner was the ‘acme’ beer distributor on maui….

    the delivery man….drop us of in the morning….then go deliver beer…then back 2 pick us up n load truck with mangoes…
    supervision….that was good work 4 me….

    welcome taz….IMUA

  62. nutmegger April 9, 2014 2:13 pm

    #58 A-House – No one knows what the future will bring. Knock on wood – no injuries. Don’t want to bachi it. However, if injuries demand it, having a ‘veteran’ seems prudent.

    I had the ‘privilege’ of washing pots and pans in the summer. Showed me what my alternative would be if I didn’t finish school.

  63. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 2:19 pm

    On the subject of crappy jobs, one summer, I think between my fresh and soph year in college, I had a relative that had business with tar (roofs, driveways, etc..) man, that was hard hard , messy work. Only thing I could think of, is that “man, I gotta start getting better grades in school”

  64. Warrior Dave April 9, 2014 2:22 pm


    At this point it’s all hands on deck. If the one year player is better than what you have, got to play the best person. No luxery to build up the young players after only 4 wins in two years.

  65. jimmy the lock April 9, 2014 2:29 pm

    A-House, if the coach determines that a player can join the team as a walk-on then of course it is an asset. Wasn’t Dallas Cowboy great Larry Cole a one year player for Hawaii?

  66. tommui April 9, 2014 3:13 pm

    I worked one summer at the American Can Co = right across from DelMonte? Dole?. The cans went over to the cannery by conveyor belt. The next summer was at Dole – where we had to pick every fifth or tenth pineapple for “quality” testing.

    It was only in the last two or so years, that I started to eat pineapple again (a 58-60 year hiatus)!

  67. boolakanaka April 9, 2014 3:17 pm

    66–Your Honor, I still have “pineapple mouth” from summers 77-78-79, just healed, last week.

  68. Fei Jai April 9, 2014 3:22 pm

    You can’t teach a lame dog how to win a dogfight (norm).

    A dog who knows how to win will win, no matter what you throw at him (Higgins)

    Too bad for chow. Too late to take back last two losing seasons. Was easy hiding behind the shadow of great hcs. Hard when you come out from behind the shadow.

  69. st. anthony trojan April 9, 2014 4:08 pm

    # 68…me agree u with higgins…be sad if he gets start this year
    …n we have a winning season…n bowl victory…
    n he is one year n out…

    but i guess 4 you more sad…as jay will extend coach
    contract…but at least give you sumthing to ‘chirp’ about
    every now n then…..

  70. jalansky April 9, 2014 4:14 pm

    66–yes, quality testing, that was where the bossy lady was. One night (I was on the 10:30 to 6:30 shift), I was heading out to pick up my samples amid the din. I heard a thud. I turned around and saw that a can filled with fruit had fallen off the elevated conveyor belt, just missing my head. Of course, we all had our flimsy paper hats on, so things like heavy falling metal objects from umpteen feet high were no problem.

    Industrial accidents were no laughing matter, though. One night the lines stopped and a rumor spread that someone had gotten his/her finger sliced off and that it gotten canned. They had to go find it.

    Well, that was the story, anyway. Appetizing, yeah?

  71. jmor56 April 9, 2014 4:18 pm

    68–The fact he is doing well against a defense still trying to learn a new scheme does not mean he will win games.

    The qb position will be a question mark until the season starts

  72. st. anthony trojan April 9, 2014 4:21 pm

    he he he # 70….that is why me never liked asparagus till
    this day….as a kid i called them ‘fingers’…the canned ones…

  73. WarriorMojo April 9, 2014 4:50 pm

    Hey, ST, enjoyed your notebook features today on Beau Yap, my current favorite player, and Trayvon Henderson, one of my picks for having a break out season next year.

    Love Beau. He’s 100% intensity on the field 100% of the time, but seems to be pretty mellow off the field.

    Trayvon is physically scary. What a beast.

  74. jiminycricket April 9, 2014 5:21 pm

    Worked in cannery in the 60s. virtually all the high school kids did. $1.60 /hour. Hard work but learned how to work hard. Today, the kids don’t know what hard work is. But, I have not eaten canned pineapple since.

    Then between college and grad school worked in Waikiki Hotel bar. Had to hand cut 4 large boxes of fresh pineapple per day to put into the tropical drinks. I’m good at cutting pineapples, to say the least. I love fresh pineapples, but still cannot eat the canned ones.

  75. Ipu Man April 9, 2014 6:04 pm

    I remember eating pineapple chunks sold in sandwich bags from ice bins in front of the various shops and then head back across the street to Waikiki the 60’s.
    But met a young man in the 70’s who after just one year working in cleaning out the
    chemical bins used in the pineapple fields, turned into a wrinkly old man—amazing
    sad fast decline in his health.

  76. Bondancr April 9, 2014 6:07 pm

    Welcome Taz! Looking forward to seeing you help
    our Rainbow Warriors!! (Higgins too!)

  77. gobows April 9, 2014 6:15 pm

    $10 minimum wage = $15 plate lunch.

  78. ALLAN April 9, 2014 6:39 pm


  79. old808 April 9, 2014 7:08 pm

    #74 I worked at the Dole Cannery during the summer for one month in 1963 and made $1.25 per hour. The luna was one irritating guy. Some of the fore ladies would wear perfume. Perfume and the smell of pineapple does not mix. Whew….!!!

  80. old808 April 9, 2014 7:10 pm

    68 still chirping

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